DJ Uiagalelei’s tenure with Clemson Football was a frustrating time for many fans. As has been noted many times by many people, the Tiger offense faced several challenges during that time: injuries, an aging offensive system, a lack of top-tier talent at the wide receiver position, an offensive line that wasn’t holding up much of the time, and staff turnover.
Despite all that, the quarterback is the centerpiece of the offense, and it was clear DJU wasn’t playing well during the 2021 season and much of the 2022 season.
This was a challenge for many Tiger fans because DJU, by all accounts, is a fine person with good character. He was well-regarded by his coaches and teammates. He was, and still is, a likable person.
Even fans who liked DJU felt a certain relief when he announced his intention to transfer. Many expressed their wishes for DJU to have a successful season at his next school. The online traffic visiting two articles on Rubbing The Rock by Marty Coleman – this one on a rumor about DJU’s destination and this one following news of his expected commitment to Oregon State – demonstrated that Tiger Nation was still very interested in his story after he had officially parted ways with the Clemson program.
Now that Garrett Riley has arrived as the new coordinator, it appears that Clemson’s two biggest problems on offense have become rectified. We can all hope that everyone has great success and walks off into the sunset with a happy conclusion to the 2023 season, but we all know life doesn’t often work out that way.
Some have already expressed concern about the new Clemson offense based on the results of the Spring Game. Oregon State plays its spring game at noon this Saturday and this article already believes Uiagalelei has the lead on the starting position for the Beavers next year.
What will it mean for Clemson fans depending on how the Tiger offense and DJ Uiagalelei perform this upcoming season?